Earlier this week, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] released a single off her forthcoming album Born This Way called “Hair.” As one expect from the mercurial manes of Gaga, the song is a metaphor about feminine freedom through changing locks of hair.
Lady Gaga isn’t the only pop artist to write a tune that talks about the magic power of your hair. We’ve compiled a list of Ten Pop Artists With Songs About Hair that includes [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Willow Smith[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jennifer Lopez[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Diddy[/lastfm].
8. “Hair”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ashley Tisdale[/lastfm]
Although not much of a vocalist, Ashley Tisdale’s people gave her some pretty adorable lyrics to sing about hair. We’re wondering how much they had to outbid Miley Cyrus for this poetic gem:
I like what you do to my hair/Who knew that looking a mess could feel so good/I like what you do to my hair/Toss it up, tease it, run your fingers through it/Oh, how you do it
10. “Let My Hair Down”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nelly Furtado[/lastfm]
One overarching metaphor we’ve seen with the “hair” song is how letting your hair down inspires you into a dancing frenzy. Just ask Nelly Furtado who can’t wait to take out her ponytail and “jump around:”
Baby I wanna let my hair down/Baby I wanna let my hair down/Baby I wanna let my hair down/Play me something that’ll make me jump around
8. “Fancy”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Drake[/lastfm]
OK, so this superficial love song isn’t technically about hair, but the song is about a girl that is well put together and the chorus constantly repeats, “Nails done, hair done, everything did/nails done, hair done, everything did.”
There is obviously some secret power in the locks of hair of a “fancy” lady.
7. “Work It”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Missy Elliot[/lastfm]
Similar to Drake’s looks-focused love song, Elliott talks about all the “fancy” things she can do while she “works it”—including getting her “hair did:”
If you’re a fly gal, then get your nails done/Get a pedicure, get your hair did
Elliott likes to “work it” a little NSFW, so proceed with caution.
6. “Playin’ In Her Hair”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The-Dream[/lastfm]
Hip hop and R&B producer, The-Dream, writes some of the best “unknown” pop R&B out there. It must be all the time he spends playing in his girl’s hair:
Got me playin’ in her hair, hair, hair/Playin’ in her hair, hair, hair/Playin’ in her hair, hair, hair/Playin’ in her hair, hair, hair
This song is also slightly NSFW. Some of these pop stars need to clean up their act as much as they wash their hair.
5. “Whipping My Hair”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jennifer Lopez[/lastfm]
If you want to really dazzle on the dancefloor, you have to learn something called “Hair-eography.” This art of whipping your hair around like a ribbon dancer is something Jennifer Lopez is especially good at. So she brags about it in this song:
On the floor/Under the burning lights/Dreaming look behind/Hands on this/Waist of mine/And I don’t know/Where this will lead/But I’m hoping/You tell me/Out here/Whipping my hair/All crazy
4. “Hair Braider”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]R. Kelly[/lastfm]
R.Kelly has had lots of scandalous relationships, including one’s that have kept him “in the closet” and hanging out “in the kitchen.” This time around, R, Kelly has a thing for this hair braider and he uses a lot of autotune to tell us the story:
Hair grease comb now shawty get ready/’Bout to roll throw rain on ya like confetti/Can’t wait to see the booty shake like jelly/Zig-zag braids got ’em lookin’ like spaghetti
3. “Hair Down”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Diddy-Dirty Money[/lastfm]
If Diddy tells you to dance, you dance. If Diddy tells you to sing, you sing. If Diddy tells Dawn Richard to put her hair down, you know that it will take milliseconds for that girl to snatch off her scrunchie:
I want to see you hair down, hair down/And when you pop up in that jet black/Nobody’s business you should let that go/And that ponytail, Don’t forget that/Just loosen up and let it down, down
2. “Whip My Hair”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Willow Smith[/lastfm]
Putting the theme of the musical Hair aside, Pint-sized Willow Smith probably started the whole “truth-found-in-your-tresses” epidemic that inspired Gaga’s song. Out of all the hair songs, we’ve got the hardest time not trying to “whip” our hair back and forth.
Don’t let haters get me off my grind/Whip my hair, if I know I’ll be fine/Keep fighting until I get there/When I’m down and I feel like giving up
1. “Hair”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm]
Gaga’s new album Born This Way draws a lot of inspiration from hair metal, which we think is part of the genius tongue-in-cheek metaphor behind this song. She took a 20-year-old “masculine” theme of motorcycles, teenage rebellion, and crazy hair and made it into a story a girl could identify with.
I’ve had enough, this is my prayer/That I’ll die living just as free as my hair/I’ve had enough, this is my prayer/That I’ll die living just as free as my hair/I’ve had enough, I’m not a freak/I’ll just keep fighting to stay cool on the street/I’ve had enough, enough, enough/And this is my prayer, I swear/I’m as free as my hair.
- What is your favorite song about hair? Let us know in the comments!